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The digital sphere is becoming significant for consumers - but are manufactures keeping pace? Are they developing specific strategies for th...
David Henkes, advisory group senior principal at US foodservice consultants Technomic, outlines why more US supermarkets are putting greater...
Hershey's first-quarter results contained a triple whammy yesterday (26 April) as the confectioner reported falling sales and earnings, cuts...
Manufacturers are facing mounting pressure to reduce the level of sugar in processed foods but could that challenge be made even harder by i...
Last week, Mars launched a broad-ranging strategy aimed at helping to improve diets, including plans to reformulate products and classify them for either "everyday" or "occasional" consumption. Ben Cooper assesses the strategy and reaction to it in key markets.
Danone insisted this morning (19 April) it is winning "key battles" in its bid to raise its sales and earnings trajectories by 2020. The French food maker flagged higher sales from its US dairy business in the first quarter of this year and predicted ongoing improvements from its European dairy operations. Danone also insisted the fundamentals of its Chinese infant nutrition business are solid despite recent challenges. Katy Askew reports.
Weak consumer sentiment in some emerging economies and growing demand for value from consumers in developed markets weighed heavy on Unilever's list of first-quarter woes, alongside ongoing challenges in its spreads division. But on an investor call to discuss its sales for the opening months of 2016, the Flora owner highlighted innovation centred around the growing interest in health and wellness and a string of cost-saving initiatives as measures to drive its performance this year.
Nestle's shares rose today (14 April) after the world's largest food company reported underlying first-quarter sales that beat analyst expectations. just-food presents a round-up of how those covering Nestle's stock viewed its performance in the opening three months of 2016 and its prospects for the rest of the year.
Three weeks after Premier Foods revealed McCormick & Co.'s interest in buying the UK group, its US suitor has, after seeing three proposed offers turned down, decided to walk away from the table. Premier insists it has a "strong future" as an independent company. Dean Best reflects on a tumultuous 21 days and considers what lies ahead for the Mr Kipling maker.
Confectionery is a mature, slow-growth category in much of western Europe but manufacturers could eke out opportunities for expansion by harnessing the rise of the millennial consumer. Christophe Knoke, senior director at IRI Germany, investigates.
Here just-food presents rolling coverage and analysis of the takeover interest in Premier Foods from McCormick & Co. Premier rebuffed three proposals from the US spices and seasonings group, while Japan's Nissin Foods Holdings, which outlined a "co-operation agreement" with the UK group in areas such as innovation and distribution, built a stake in the Mr Kipling maker. McCormick has decided against pursuing its interest in the UK group.
Cranswick, the UK meat processor, has its origins in pigs but this week the company struck its second deal in the country's poultry sector in 18 months. The new asset, Crown Chicken, does not yet supply the UK's major supermarket chains but the market reacted positively to the deal. Dean Best reports.
Taco Bell's bid to bring value to breakfast in the US, the potential roll-out of McDonald's all-day breakfast to other markets and the return of Carl's Jr to Japan grabbed the foodservice sector headlines in March.
Danone appears to be winning over the investment community, with a 2015 performance and 2016 forecasts welcomed by the market - and growth targets analysts believe are credible and achievable. The French food giant faces challenges, not least in fresh dairy but, broadly, the company's recent initiatives and its prospects have led to more confidence in the business. Here we present the important takeaways from Danone's appearance at the Consumer Analyst Group Europe conference in London.
Major corporations have joined with market researchers to form Paragon Partnerships which aims create an open-access information hub to support actions addressing the UN Global Goals for Sustainable Development. Ben Cooper examines the aims behind the Unilever-led initiative and asks where companies draw the line between sharing sustainability information for the greater good and retaining insights that might offer competitive advantage.
Mondelez International, the owner of brands from Oreo to Cadbury, is looking to have half its portfolio in the "well-being space" by 2020. In its domestic market, Mondelez is rolling out a "wholesome, savoury snack option" Good Thins. Hannah Abdulla discusses whether the new baked snacks could be a success.
March was a month in which Tesco and Woolworths announced notable moves on private label, in part, analysts said, driven by the rise of discount retail in the UK and Australia. The sector also saw Metro Group set out plans to split in two and heard Amazon touted as a significant player in US food and beverage by the turn of the next decade.
Laboratory-grown meat has moved from a distant sci-fi concept to a realistic idea that could be commercialised and mainstream in just a few years, according to industry experts. However, whether in-vitro meat is an answer to some of the issues around food security and sustainability facing the food sector – or whether it will gain consumer acceptance – remain up for debate. Mandy Kovacs and Barbara Barkhausen investigate.
just-food M&A columnist Stefan Kirk looks at the possible M&A candidates in more niche dairy categories in the UK - and suggests three potential targets.
The UK's Conservative Party may only have a working majority in the House of Commons of 17 but, with the Labour Party struggling to convince voters it could be a credible alternative, the country could see five more years of Tory government after 2020. Ben Cooper weighs up what could shape Conservative thinking on UK food and health policy over the next decade.
Millennial consumers are a cohort attracting the attention of a growing number of consumer goods companies. Richard Woodard considers the relationship between brands and those seen as having been born from the early 1980s to the early 2000s.
Consumer packaged goods companies are paying increasing attention to the consumer group dubbed millennials. Management consultants at The Boston Consulting Group have analysed the millennial cohort in the US and sought to provide insight into their behaviour. Richard Woodard digs into the study to see how the behaviour has evolved in recent years.
As Fairtrade Fortnight gets underway in the UK, Ben Cooper examines ten attributes of the Fairtrade system that define what it offers to farmers, food companies and consumers.
The tie-up between Morrisons, the UK's fourth-largest food retailer, and online giant Amazon has raised eyebrows across the sector. Glynn Davis looks what the deal could mean for Morrisons' manufacturing base.
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